Photograph: Sebastio Salgado
Was it not enough greed turned grass into a dustbowl?
Big men with diamond lies
now rape the countryside
because money means more than life.
Blue collars hammered by white
are too hungry to fight
the death plunge into black gold.
Papa oil doesn’t care about soil
or whether the sky turns
from bright blue to ash gray.
The innocent are now stuck
breathing the polluted muck
from lungs never exposed to clean air.
©Susie Clevenger 2013